The UK’s Labour Party faces a conundrum over offering a referendum on the EU

The British Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to hold a referendum on the UK’s EU membership should he win a majority at the next general election. Simon Usherwood writes on the policy of the opposition Labour Party, who are reportedly considering offering a referendum on EU membership of their own. He argues that the main factor behind this decision […]

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Why David Cameron’s ‘red card’ plan for national parliaments won’t work

David Cameron has committed the UK to renegotiating its membership of the European Union if he wins a majority at the next British general election. As Andrew Duff writes, one of the key elements of this reform package will likely be to elevate the role of national parliaments in the EU’s legislative process. He argues that such a proposal should […]

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Electoral cycle timing and popular support for a treaty are crucial in determining whether parties advocate referendums on European integration

David Cameron is committed to holding a referendum on the UK’s EU membership should he win a majority at the next general election. In an effort to understand why parties call for referendums on European integration, Andreas Dür and Nikitas Konstantinidis look at data from the ratification of the EU’s Constitutional Treaty in 2004. They find that the amount of […]

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Five minutes with Peter Kellner: “History could repeat itself in a British referendum on EU membership”

If there were to be a referendum held on the UK’s membership of the European Union, how would British citizens vote? EUROPP’s Managing Editor Stuart Brown spoke to Peter Kellner, President of YouGov, about current polling trends, the lessons from previous UK referendums, and the factors, such as David Cameron’s plan to renegotiate the UK’s membership, which might have a […]

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Five minutes with Mats Persson: “National parliaments are the solution to the EU’s democratic deficit”

European Parliament elections are due to be held in May 2014. Ahead of the elections, EUROPP’s Managing Editor Stuart Brown spoke to Mats Persson, the Director of Open Europe, about his views on the European Parliament, the role of national parliaments in the integration process, and whether the efforts to reform the European Union advocated by British Prime Minister David […]

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The UK’s immigration policy is anything but coherent and designed to achieve its stated aims

The financial crisis has brought the issue of immigration to the forefront of the political agenda in several European countries. Thom Brooks writes that the UK’s immigration policy seems driven not so much by commitment to a specific vision, but instead policy management through tinkering and tampering. He argues that what the UK requires is not only leadership, but a […]

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